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The Power of Alcohol
Sailor Martin sings about what he knows. Ukulele, toy accordion, tambourine, wooden fish that makes "clopping" noises, and, at one point, a duet between a tin whistle and a plastic ocarina. The 15th and final entry in the RPM challenge. [more inside]
good friends (the bailout song) - vampire deer
4th song of my rpm album - well, what's a trillion between good friends?
Cell Block Number 4
Sailor Martin find true romance. A song featuring ukulele, harmonica, wooden sand-filled egg, tambourine, and a duet between Sailor Martin and himself. Song 14 in the RPM challenge. [more inside]
kerosene alley by vampire deer
this is the 3rd and title song for my new rpm album - it would seem to be about someone else but sometimes i think it might be about me [more inside]
Why Are Women So Afraid of Seamen?
A tropical shanty featuring ukulele, some horrible whistling, a cheese greater, and a glass struck by a spoon. Entry 13 in the RPM Challenge. [more inside]
winter - vampire deer
2nd song on my rpm album - this is a kind of mellow song
A dance song from Sailor Martin, or, rather, a song about uncontrollable movement. Ukulele, harmonica, finger snaps, and a kazoo pushed through some sort of crazy filter. Song 12 for the RPM challenge. [more inside]
Another track from my last-minute RPM Challenge entry, "The Very Best of Spaz Rock - Volume I: Monsters of Spaz." Kind of a laid back, funky/clunky little number with soothing moments. [more inside]
ain't going slow - vampire deer
this is the first song of my rpm album, kerosene alley - jj cale got the green light, but i had to make do with the yellow
You Homo-Loving Commie Sons of Guns
Inspired words of actor Sean Penn, Sailor Martin sings a very short song of social change, accompanies by ukulele, harmonica, jew's harp, and tambourine. Entry 11 in the RPM challenge. [more inside]
You're So Boring Here
A Sailor Martin song about discovering your lover is not who you expect her to be. Tambourine and ukulele. Entry 10 in the RPM challenge. [more inside]
I'm Hard On Her But She's Down On Me
A raucous garage-band blues number, featuring ukulele, tambourine, and harmonica. Entry number 9 into the RPM challenge is a song about a mean woman. [more inside]
I'm Not As Drunk As You Am I Think
A drinking song from the British Isles, written for an performed by Sailor Martin as song eight in the RPM challenge. Ukulele, egg, handclaps, and a tin whistle. [more inside]
Drew Carey Ruined The Price Is Right
I've pinpointed the reason our economy is in shambles. It wasn't the subprime mortgage crisis. It wasn't Bernie Madoff. It wasn't even the president. The moment our global economy collapsed was when Bob Barker retired as game show host. [more inside]
The second effort for this year's RPM Challenge from my experimental, noisy super-happy-fun project, "The Very Best of Spaz." Like its ocean dwelling namesake, this Immortal Jellyfish always manages to revert to its juvenile form. [more inside]
If This Bed Could Talk
The fifth song for the RPM challenge. Sailor Martin does a song in the style of Andrew Bird. [more inside]
Welcome to Spaz
My first ever RPM challenge song, a sludgy, fuzzy guitar riff-driven groove in the grand tradition of Oneida, Brian Jonestown Massacre and Sabbath. [more inside]
Horrible Things What Live in the Sea
The first RPM challenge song written for my creepy puppet, Sailor Martin. The title is self-explanatory. The electric guitar he is singing along to is actually a ukulele. [more inside]
The Madness Encroaches
So, for this year's RPM Challenge I have decided to go all out and write a rock opera. This is one of the few songs I have worked on so far, and the first one that has been completed. Granted, this should be somewhere in the middle or the rock opera, but, still, it's the first one finished, so I'm posting it anyway. [more inside]
An RPM Challenge song from last year, about breaking up with someone special, but not quite the one.
One For The Road
A upbeat, country-ish number about a guy who'd like his girl to finish up that last drink so we can hit the road already...
Long Time Coming
I came up with a weird little guitar line with a droning D string and put it over a steady tom beat punctuated with the occasional triangle. Figured it would be one of my RPM songs that didn't get used by my band, but the singer and bass player both love it. Anybody got and ideas on how to do this one with a group? [more inside]
I wrote this one at the last minute because I needed one more song for my RPM 2008 entry, but it has turned out to be one of my favorites.
Track 10 of 10 from my RPM entry. The vocal melody during the verse-ish bits is maybe a little too simple, but the whole song for me is kinda justified by the breakdown, which is the best I think I've ever gotten my voice to sound when recorded.
The Simple Truth
One of my two favorites from my RPM entry. I didn't have time to get a good vocal take, so it's a first take. It's not that weak though (the effects I would've put on it regardless). [more inside]
You Will Soon Be Dead
A real song! I kind of like the way it floats on before that ... off, bottom-of-the-well creepy harmony thing at the end. I dunno. 8 of 10 from my RPM entry.
come next saturday - vampire deer
song 10 of 10 for my rpm album, wolf moon
We're The Ones
In which I do a bad Liars impression. 7 of 10 from my RPM entry.
sunflower - vampire deer
track 9 of 10 from the rpm album wolf moon
wolf moon - vampire deer
song 8 of 10 for the rpm album wolf moon - tuning dgddad
Track 6 of 10 from my RPM08 entry. I think of all the underdeveloped tracks, this one's my favorite. A bit more time/work and it could be quite the heavy hitter.
wednesday afternoon - vampire deer
song 7 of 10 from my rpm 08 album, wolf moon
Yet another track from my RPM challenge entry (5 of 10, as a matter of fact). Named rather literally, as this song isn't terribly developed and was kept around simply because it filled up some space.
the collection - vampire deer
song 6 of 10 of the 2008 rpm album, wolf moon
You Were Not Built To Last
As much of an experiment in Wacky Vocal Effects as it is a proper song, from my point of view. I like the end bit with the keyboard part and the strange cycling. I'm surprised at how many people I've shown my RPM challenge entry to really like this one (It's one of the underdeveloped ones, as far as I'm concerned).
Third track from RPM08 thing.
surrey day by vampire deer
song 5 of 10 of the rpm 08 album wolf moon
Second track from my RPM08 entry, and the first proper song. I find it kind of humorous and rather like the beat (and some, but not all of the heavy vocal processing). I couldn't quite get the chorus right but the creepy-processed-whisper-thing is a not-so-bad substitute. [more inside]
Another of my RPM Challenge 2008 songs.
dance in the ruins - vampire deer
song 4 of 10 of the rpm 08 album wolf moon
A Race To The Ground
The first track from my entry for RPM08. Not much to say about it. Just a little 90-second mood-setter type thing.
Forever Mr. Never Wrong
A happy little song about a very annoying man. [more inside]
dread captain - vampire deer
song 3 of 10 - for the rpm 08 album wolf moon
charlemagne and jane - vampire deer
02 of 10 of the rpm album, wolf moon
i know a place downtown - vampire deer
1 of 10 for the new rpm album, wolf moon
A song I recorded for the 2008 RPM Challenge.
A song I recorded for the 2008 RPM Challenge.
rico's cabana hut
kind of a throwaway instrumental i tacked on to my rpm album ... best described as hawaiian slack-key fuzzrock ... 07 of 07 ... coming soon - "herby and the polar bear club"
Park Lane (Dads)
Sort of a flipside to Sleepover. Same childhood.
throw away those blues - vampire deer
6th song in my rpm album